10 Mar

Little, Brown and Company 2006
First U.S. Edition soft cover 2007
344 pages
YA Gothic fantasy suspense

It was winter in the fenland when I first walked through the gates at Murkmere Hall, and immediately lost myself within the captivating atmospheric ether of my surroundings.

This first person narrative is haunting and surrounds British folklore superstition. In particular, the Devine Beings: Birds of Light (robin, wren, swallow, martin, lark) versus Birds of Night (crow, raven, jackdaw, magpie, owl).

Summoned to be a companion to the heir apparent of the manor, young Agnes Cotter finds there is more within the dark dankness that surrounds her than meets the eye. Leah, the master’s ward, to whom Agnes is companion, wants nothing to do with Agnes. In fact, she wants only to be in the mere with her swans.

History draped in the myth of the Avia, Murkmere is a captivating read. I was drawn to all the characters through the skillful manipulation of words by this author. I enjoyed it all, the storyline; the descriptive passages; the characters; the folklore, everything enthralled me.



One Response to “MURKMERE”


  1. AMBERGATE | WORDMAN - March 15, 2014

    […] we are unmoving, book in hand. As though not believing it’s over. Ambergate continues where Murkmere left us, bringing forth some minor characters that we somehow became attached to. Scuff, whom I […]

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